Richard Firth Green
Humanities Distinguished Professor of English

Department of English,
The Ohio State University,
421 Denney Hall,
164 W. 17th Ave.,
Ohio 43210-1340

Phone: (614) 292-6065

    "If there's nothing in it there's nothing in it.
    If there's something in it, nobody with any     sense would want to know."                                           Kingsley Amis, The Green Man


The Ohio State University
University of Western Ontario
University of Western Ontario
University of Western Ontario
Bishop’s University, Quebec
University of British Columbia
Mount Allison University, N.B.


2002 -
1997 - 2002
1984 - 1997
1982 - 1984
1978 - 1982
1974 - 1976
1965 - 1969



A Crisis of Truth: Literature and Law in Ricardian England
.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.

Poets and Princepleasers: Literature and the English Court in the Late Middle Ages. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980.

                          EDITED BOOKS:

Interstices: Studies in Middle English and Anglo-Latin Texts in Honour of A.G. Rigg, edited by Richard Firth Green and Linne R. Mooney. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.

The Singer and the Scribe: European Ballad Traditions and European Ballad Cultures, edited by Philip Bennett and Richard Firth Green. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004.

                          CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:
“The Border Writes Back,” in The Anglo-Scottish Border and the Shaping of Identity, edited by Mark P. Bruce and Katherine H. Terrell (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012):103-119.

“Legs and the Man: The History of a Medieval Motif,” in The Medieval Python: The Purposive and Provocative Work of Terry Jones, edited by R.F. Yeager and Toshiyuki Takamiya (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012):181-93.

“Cecily Champain v. Geoffrey Chaucer: A New Look at an Old Dispute,” in Law and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, edited by Robert Sturges, ASMAR 28(Turnhout: Brepols, 2011):261-85.

“Florent's Mariage sous la potence” in John Gower, Trilingual Poet: Language, Translation, and Tradition, edited by Elisabeth Dutton, with John Hines and R. F. Yeager, Westfield Medieval Studies, 3 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2010):154-62.

“Humphrey and the Werewolf” in Medieval Alliterative Poetry: Essays in Honour of Thorlac Turville-Petre, ed. John A. Burrow & Hoyt N. Duggan (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010):127-24.

“What Was The Maiden in the Moor Made For?” in The Morton W. Bloomfield Lectures, 1985-2005, ed. Daniel Donoghue, James Simpson, and Nicholas Watson (Western Michigan University: Medieval Institute Publications, 2010):220-45.

“Textual Production and Textual Communities,” in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature, 1100-1500, edited by Larry Scanlon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009):25-36.

“Langland and Audelay,” in My Wyl and My Wrytyng: Essays on John the Blind Audelay, edited by Susanna Fein (Kalamazoo, Mich.: Medieval Institute Publications, 2008):153-69.

“'Nede ne hath no lawe': The Plea of Necessity in Medieval Literature and Law,” in Living Dangerously: On the Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, edited by Barbara A. Hanawalt and Anna Grotans (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007): 9-30.

“Literature and Law,” in A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture c.1350 - c.1500 edited by Peter Brown (Oxford: Blackwells, 2006): 292-306.

“Morality and Immorality,” in A Concise Companion to Chaucer, edited by Corinne Saunders (Oxford: Blackwells, 2006): 199-217.

The Hunting of the Hare: An Edition,” in Studies in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood, edited by Anne Marie D'Arcy & Alan Fletcher (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005):129-45.

The Hermit and the Outlaw: New Evidence for Robin Hood's Death?” in Robin Hood: medieval and post-medieval, edited by Helen Philips (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005):51-59.

“Violence in the Early Robin Hood Ballads,” in 'A Great Effusion of Blood'?: Interpreting Medieval Violence, edited by Mark D. Meyerson, Daniel Thiery, & Oren Falk (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), pp. 268-86.

“F.J. Child and Mikail Bakhtin,” in The Singer and the Scribe: European Ballad Traditions and European Ballad Cultures, edited by Philip Bennett and Richard Firth Green (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004):123-33.

The Hermit and the Outlaw: An Edition,” in Interstices: Studies in Middle English and Anglo-Latin Texts in Honour of A.G. Rigg, edited by Richard Firth Green and Linne R. Mooney (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004):137-66.

“Palamon's Appeal of Treason in The Knight's Tale,” in The Letter of the Law: Legal Practice and Literary Production in Medieval England, ed. Emily Steiner and Candace Barrrington (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002):105-14.

“Marcolf the Fool and Blind John Audelay,” in Speaking Images: Essays in Honor of V.A. Kolve, ed. R.F. Yeager and Charlotte C. Morse (Asheville: Pegasus Press, 2001):563-80.

“Medieval Literature and Law,” in The Cambridge History of Middle English Literature, ed. David Wallace (Cambridge University Press, 1998):407-31.

“Ricardian Trouthe: A Legal Perspective,” in Essays on Ricardian Literature in Honour of J. A. Burrow, ed. A. J. Minnis, Charlotte C. Morse, and Thorlac Turville-Petre (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997):179-202.

“The Ballad and the Middle Ages,” in The Long Fifteenth Century: Essays for Douglas Gray, ed. Helen Cooper and Sally Mapstone(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997):163-84.

“John Ball’s Letters: Literary History and Historical Literature,” in Chaucer’s England: Literature in Historical Context, ed. Barbara Hanawalt (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1992):176-200.

“Le Roi qui ne ment and Aristocratic Courtship,” in Courtly Literature: Culture and Context, ed. Keith Busby and E. Kooper (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1990):211-25.

“The Craft of Lovers and the Rhetoric of Seduction,” in The Fifteenth Century , ed. David E. Lampe, ACTA: 12 (Binghamton, New York: S.U.N.Y. Press, 1985):105-25.

“The Familia Regis and the Familia Cupidinis,” in English Court Culture in the Later Middle Ages, ed. V.J. Scattergood & J.W. Sherborne (London: Duckworth, 1983):87-108.

                          ARTICLES AND NOTES:

“Why Marquis Walter Treats His Wife So Badly,” Chaucer Review, 47 (2012): 48-62.

“The Presidential Address: Griselda in Siena” Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 33 (2011): 3-38.

“Jean Gobi's Pardoner Tales,” Chaucer Review, 45 (2011): 340-48.

[with Ethan Knapp,] “Thomas Hoccleve's Seal,” Medium Aevum, 77 (2008): 151-53.

“'Allas, Allas! That Evere Love Was Synne!' John Bromyard v. Alice of Bath,” Chaucer Review, 42 (2008):298-311.

“Did Chaucer know the Ballad of Glen Kindy?” Neophilologus, 92 (2008):351-58.

“John Purvey and John of Gaunt's Third Marriage.” Mediaeval Studies 66 (2004): 363-70.

“Changing Chaucer.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 25 (2003):27-52.

“Law,” in The Oxford Companion to Chaucer, ed. Douglas Gray (London: Oxford University Press, 2003):281-84.

“Further Evidence for Chaucer’s Representation of the Pardoner as a Womanizer.” Medium Aevum 72 (2002):335-37.

“Literary Patronage,” in Medieval England: An Encyclopedia, ed.  Paul E. Szarmach, M. Teresa Tavoramina, and Joel T. Rosenthal (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998):585-87.

“Friar William Appleton and the Date of Langland’s C-Text.”  Yearbook of Langland Studies 11 (1997):87-96.

“Canterbury Tales, D117: wrighte or wight?” Notes and Queries 241 (1996):259-61.

“Chaucer’s Man of Law and Common Recovery.”  Notes and Queries 238 (1993):303-305.

“The Pardoner’s Pants (and Why They Matter).”  Studies in the Age of Chaucer 15 (1993):131-45.

“Chaucer’s Shipman’s Tale, Lines 138-41.”  Chaucer Review 26 (1991):93-96.

“Jack Philipot, John of Gaunt, and a Poem of 1380.” Speculum 66 (1991):330-341.

“An Analogue to the ‘Marital Dilemma’ in the Wife of Bath’s Tale.” English Language Notes 28/4 (1991):9-12.

“Renaissance Games,” in Spenser Encyclopedia, ed. A.C. Hamilton (Toronto, 1991):323.

“The Two ‘Litel Wot Hit Any Mon’ Lyrics in Harley 2253.” Mediaeval Studies 51 (1989):304-12.

“Gawain’s Five Fingers.” English Language Notes 27/1 (1989): 14-18.

“Legal Satire in The Tale of Beryn.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 11 (1989):43-62.

“An Account of the Marriage of Margaret of York and Charles the Bold.”  Notes and Queries 233 (1988):26-29.

“An Epitaph for Richard, Duke of York.” Studies in Bibliography 41 1988): 218-24.

“The Lost Exemplar of the Z-Text of Piers Plowman and its 20-line Pages.” Medium Aevum 56 (1987):307-10.

“The Etymology of Pillicock.” Journal of English Linguistics 20 (1987): 207-211.

“A Possible Source for Chaucer’s Summoner’s Tale.” English Language Notes 24/4 (1987):24-27.

“Sir Gawain and the Sacra Cintola.” English Studies in Canada 11 (1985):1-11.

“Women in Chaucer’s Audience.” Chaucer Review 18 (1983):146-54.

“Hearts, Minds, and Some English Poems of Charles d’Orleans.” English Studies in Canada 9 (1983):136-50.

“The Sexual Normality of Chaucer’s Pardoner.” Mediaevalia 8 (1982):351-58.

“Historical Notes of a London Citizen, 1483-1488.” English Historical Review 96 (1981):585-90.

“The Short Version of the Arrival of Edward IV.” Speculum 56 (1981):324-36.

“Arcite at Court.” English Language Notes 18/4 (1981):251-57.

“A Joust in Honour of the Queen of May, 1441.” Notes and Queries 225 (1980):386-89.  [But see G. Kipling, N&Q, 229 (1984):158-62].

“Troilus and the Game of Love.” Chaucer Review, 13 (1979):201-20.

“The Verses Presented to King Henry VIII: A Poem in the Skelton Apocrypha.” English Language Notes 16/1 (1978):5-8.

“The Date of Gilbert Banester’s Translation of the Tale of Guiscardo and Ghismonda.” Notes and Queries 223 (1978):229-300.

“Lydgate and Deguileville Once More.” Notes and Queries 223 (1978):105-06.

“Notes on Some Manuscripts of Hoccleve’s Regiment of Princes.” British Library Journal 4 (1978):37-41.

“Three Fifteenth-Century Notes.” English Language Notes 14/1 (1976):14-7.

“King Richard II’s Books Revisited.” The Library, 5th ser, 31 (1976):235-39.

“The Authorship of A Lament of a Prisoner Against Fortune.” Mediaevalia 2 (1976):101-09.

                          BOOK REVIEWS:

“Kate Crassons, The Claims of Poverty: Literature, Culture, and Ideology in Late Medieval England,” Yearbook of Langland Studies (26 (2012):289-92.

“Robert J. Meyer-Lee, Poets and Power from Chaucer to Wyatt,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 30 (2008):387-89.

“Alfred Hiatt, The Making of Medieval Forgeries: False Documents in Fifteenth-Century England,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 28 (2006):298-300.

“Jody Enders, Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends,” The Medieval Review 03.01.23 (online)

“Theodore Ziolkowski, The Mirror of Justice: Literary Reflections of Legal Crises,” Comparative Literature Studies 38 (2001):189-192.

“Nigel Saul, Richard II,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 22 (2000): 542-48.

“Stephen Knight, Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw ; Kevin Carpenter, ed. Robin Hood: The Many Faces of that Celebrated English Outlaw; Stephen Knight, ed., Robin Hood: The Forresters Manuscript ,” Medium Aevum 59 (2000):142-44.

“Joyce Coleman, Public Reading and the Reading Public in Late Medieval England and France,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 20 (1998):237-40.

“Fergus Kelly, A Guide to Early Irish Law, and T. M. Charles-Edwards, The Welsh Laws,” Medium Aevum 62 (1993): 118-20.

“C. David Benson, Chaucer’s Drama of Style: Poetic Variety and Contrast in the Canterbury Tales,” Speculum 64 (1989):658-60.

“Avril Henry, ed, The Mirour of Mans Saluacione,”  Studies in the Age of Chaucer 11 (1989):228-31.

“J.W. Nicholls, The Matter of Courtesy,” Speculum 63 (1988):215-16.

“A.G. Rigg and C. Brewer, eds., The Z-Text of Piers Plowman," Analytic and Enumerative Bibliography 8 (1984):129-33.

“Larry D. Benson and J. Leyerle, eds., Chivalric Literature,” Speculum 58 (1983):1027-28.

“Judson B. Allen, The Ethical Poetic of the Later Middle Ages, and Carol J. Clover, The Medieval Saga,” Queens’ Quarterly,90 (1983):1185-88.


2013 Joseph S. Schick Lecturer (Indiana State University)

President, New Chaucer Society, 2008-10

The 2004 Morton W. Bloomfield Lecturer (Harvard University)

The 2003 Ogden Glass Lecturer (Bishop’s University)

The 2003 Helen Ann Robbins Lecturer (University of Rochester)

The 2002 Biennial Chaucer Lecturer, New Chaucer Society
(University of Colorado)

Trustee, the New Chaucer Society, 1990 -1996

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, 1989

Richard Firth Green
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